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Matt Morgan: Your 1800 weeks of work

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n3140 (Published 04 January 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:n3140
  1. Matt Morgan, consultant in intensive care medicine
  1. University Hospital of Wales
  1. mmorgan{at}bmj.com
    Follow Matt on Twitter @dr_mattmorgan

As another year ticks silently into the next, along with the resolutions broken, I reflect on my place as a speck on this Earth. My Christmas gift of a brilliant book by Oliver Burkeman, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals,1 has helped to make this seemingly morbid festive activity feel life affirming.

With just 4000 weeks or so in an average human life, Burkeman—a self-confessed recovering productivity geek—argues that we concentrate too much on getting more and more done while forgetting what it is in …

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